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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Bharwan Baigan

Personally, brinjals are never-ever included in my list of vegetables!!! But got 4-5 from market to try making 'Bharwan Baigan' on demand of my foodie hubby... I never had it before or I never wanted to have it ever :P But yes, I was not sure at all how is it going to be like.... Even I'm not sure if that was the right way of making it... Will talk to mum n ask her today ;)

I stuffed some baby potatoes along with brinjals so that I can feed atleast a part of this gravy to my hungry tummy :P When this bowl was empty, I realized I should have added a few more potatoes into it ;) Here is my recipe of this dish... And post me if you make it differently :) 


4-5 Baby Brinjals 
4-5 Baby Potatoes
2 tbsp Chopped Onion
2 tbsp Tomato Puree
2 tsp Minced Garlic
2 tbsp Besan
2 tbsp Peanuts (roasted n skinless)
1 tsp Fennel Seeds
1 tsp Sesame Seeds
1/2 tsp Red Chilly Powder
1 tsp Coriander Powder
1 tsp Amchur
1/2 tsp Garam Masala
1 tsp Mustard + Cumin Seeds
1/8 tsp Hing
2 tbsp Oil
Salt, to taste


- Peel the potatoes and parboil them. (In pressure-cooker for 2 whistles or microwave for 4 mins)
- Wash brinjals well and pat dry them.
- Make vertical slits into four halves as shown in image below. (make sure you don't cut them)

- Take besan in a pan. Dry roast it for a 3-4 mins or till it starts changing color.
- Transfer it to another bowl and cool it down to room temp. 
- Take peanuts, fennel seeds and sesame seeds in a mixer jar and grind it coarsely. Add it into bowl along with spices and mix well.
- Stuff this mixture into brinjals and potato slits. 

- Heat oil in a kadai and add mustard seeds into it. Once it stops spluttering, add cumin seeds and hing.
- When it starts cracking, add chopped onions and minced garlic into it. Saute it for a while and add tomato puree. Cook it for one more minute.
- Add stuffed brinjals and potatoes into it. Add remaining mixture to form gravy and 1/2 cup water. Mix everything gently.
- Cover it with a dish filled with water and cook it for around 15-20 mins. Cook a few mins more if required.
- Serve it hot with Masala Puri or Roti :) 


- Lemon juice can be used to replace Amchur powder.
- Desiccated coconut is a great addition for lifting up the flavors!


  1. Your innovation and take on this recipe is very interesting and goes to prove that versatility is just limited by our imaginations. Bravo Shruti, love this :)

  2. Love the creativity.Some thing for everyone in the home :)

  3. Wow! I love bharwan baingan Shruti.. Your recipe sounds authentic dear :-)


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